Man Creates Viral Anti-Domestic Abuse Campaign on Twitter
Pakistan recently passed new legislation that says its OK for men to “lightly beat” their wives. Obviously, people are not happy about it.
Photographer Fahhad Rajper was especially outraged and so created a social media campaign using the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly and an accompanying photo series of women expressing what they would do if a man tried to beat them lightly.
Rajper’s original Facebook post has been shared nearly 1,000 times.
Women on Twitter are now using the hashtag to express what they would do if “beaten lightly.”
#TryBeatingMeLightly and wait for the day when your daughter or your sister will be beaten by someone.
— Nayab (@_nayabhoun) May 30, 2016
#TryBeatingMeLightly and I won't take it sitting down. If i go down, i'll take you down with me.
— Zoha Aamer Khan (@ZohaAamerKhan) May 31, 2016
#TryBeatingMeLightly and I'll make sure you get poisoned slightly.
— Yumnay (@YumnaMustafaH) May 30, 2016
The law was proposed by the The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) in order for men to better control their wives.
From the Express Tribune:
“The council has proposed that a husband should be allowed to ‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”
“Hit her in areas where her skin is not too thick and not too thin,” CII leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said according to NBC News. “Do not hit her vindictively, but only for reminding her about her religious duties.”
The bill goes even further by proposing a ban on co-education after primary school, a ban on female nurses caring for male patients, a ban on women interacting with men, and a ban on women working in advertisements, just to name a few.
The Express Tribune reports that the bill is still “under construction” and the council will discuss it further Thursday.
This bill comes after the council rejected the Protection of Women Against Violence Act in March.
Allama Tahir Ashrafi, a former member of the CII, told NBC the bill was unbelievable.
“So, what is ‘light beating’ and ‘limited violence’? Not chopping off their heads but only, say, burning them in oil?”
Ashrafi continued by saying that the religion of Islam prohibits violence of any kind, and Twitter users seem to agree.
My Religion Islam Do Not Allow Me Even 2 Beat an Animal How can I BelieveThat Same Islam Allows 2 Beat A Lady.Strange? #TryBeatingMeLightly
— Adnan Khan (@adnansaminkhan) May 30, 2016
Islam does not accept for either of them anything but justice and kind treatment.
— Habib Ahmad (@HabibsOfficial) May 30, 2016
Rajper told ATTN: that he plans on creating more campaigns to raise awareness and fight this bill.